Then & Now ~ “Reverie Cove”

Then & Now ~ The John D. Jones cottage “Reverie Cove” was designed by architect Fred Savage and built in Bar Harbor, ME in 1893.

Savage was a native of Mount Desert Island, where Bar Harbor is located, and became a leading designer of summer cottages after working as a draftsman in the Boston office of Peabody & Stearns. He designed more than 300 cottages. Reverie Cove survived the Fire of 1947 that destroyed many of the island’s great cottages.

The current photo was taken by architectural photographer Dave Clough in 2013 for a book project I co-authored with Maine State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. and architect Christopher Glass.

The book was “Homes Down East, Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses,” published by Tilbury House Publishing in 2014.

Following publication of “Homes Down East,” the publisher asked if I had any ideas for another book. I did, and “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was born. Having Dave Clough join that project as photographer for the 13 featured houses in the book added enormously to the quality of the finished product.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover “Restoring Your Historic House” and “Homes Down East” are both available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies of both are available in the shop on this site, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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